- The definition of a snake is a long reptile that has no limbs or eyelids, or a cold and ruthless person, or a long and skinny wire that can be used to clean out a drain.
- A boa constrictor is an example of a snake.
- A cold and heartless man is an example of a snake.
- A long wire your plumber puts down your drain to unclog it is an example of a snake.
- Snake is to move or extend along in a slithering or twisting motion, often to clear drain obstructions.
When a cable is twisted and pulled through a drain pipe, this is an example of a time when you snake the pipe.
A common adder snake
- any of a limbless suborder (Serpentes, order Squamata) of reptiles with an elongated, scaly body, lidless eyes, and a tapering tail: some species have a poisonous bite
- a treacherous or deceitful person
- a plumber's tool consisting of a long, flexible rod of spiraled wire for removing obstructions from pipes, etc.
Origin of snakeMiddle English ; from Old English snaca, akin to Old Norse snakr, Middle Low German snake: for Indo-European base see snail
- to clear obstructions from (a pipe, drain, etc.) by means of a snake ()
- ☆ Informal to drag or pull, esp. lengthwise and with force
- Informal to pull quickly
- Any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous squamate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes (or Ophidia), having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and flexible jaws.
- A treacherous person. Also called snake in the grass.
- A long, highly flexible metal wire or coil used for cleaning drains. Also called plumber's snake.
verbsnaked snaked, snak·ing, snakes
- To drag or pull lengthwise, especially to drag with a rope or chain.
- To pull with quick jerks.
- To move in a sinuous or gliding manner: tried to snake the rope along the ledge.
Origin of snakeMiddle English, from Old English snaca.
nounpl. Snake or Snakes
(third-person singular simple present snakes, present participle snaking, simple past and past participle snaked)
- (intransitive) To follow or move in a winding route.
- The path snaked through the forest.
- The river snakes through the valley.
- (Australia, slang) To steal slyly.
- He snaked my DVD!
- To clean using a plumbing snake.
- (US, informal) To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; often with out.
- (nautical) To wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm.
From Middle English snāke, from Old English snaca (“snake, serpent, reptile”), from Proto-Germanic *snakô (compare dialectal German Schnake (“adder”), dialectal Low German Snaak (“snake”), Swedish snok (“grass snake”)), from *snakanan 'to crawl' (compare Old High German snahhan), from Proto-Indo-European *snag-, *sneg- 'to crawl; a creeping thing' (compare Sanskrit नाग (nāga, “snake”)).
- (video games) An early computer game, later popular on mobile phones, in which the player attempts to manoeuvre a perpetually growing snake so as to collect food items and avoid colliding with walls or the snake's tail.